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  • American Dog Tick - (Argas spp.)

    American Dog Tick - (Argas spp.)

    The American Dog Tick can be found across the continent: on dogs, coyotes, bears and any other warm-bodied host that walks by.




    Staff Writer (10/20/2014): Ticks are 8-legged arachnids though they are not spiders. They do not have wings and cannot fly, but they are adept at latching on to clothes, fur and hair that wisps past them within their reach. The American Dog Tick is also known as a Wood Tick. It happens to be spotted most often on a pet coming in from frolicking in the woods, so it has become more familiar as a parasite of that particular animal.

    Like all ticks, the American Dog Tick has life stages where its physical appearance slightly changes. The coloration darkens from nymph stage (see photos) to adulthood. One might mistake the two for different species.

    Ticks take blood meals from the host animal they land on. They crawl to warm parts of the body (armpits and inner thighs on humans) and bite into the flesh using a numbing agent in the saliva that renders the puncture unnoticeable. They then proceed to suck the blood from the host until engorged and more than double its original size.

    Ticks are notorious for carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease in humans. Not all ticks are infected with them and not all bites of infected ticks result in Lyme Disease, but medical professionals recommend always seeing a doctor if you suspect, or confirm, a tick bite.

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    Details of the:
    American Dog Tick


    Category: Mite or Tick
    Common name: American Dog Tick
    Scientific Name: Argas spp.
    Other Names: Wood Tick

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Ixodida
          Family: Argasidae
           Genus: Argas
            Species: spp.





    Size (Adult, Length): 2mm to 5mm (0.08in to 0.20in)

    Identifying Colors: ivory, brown, red, black

    Additional Descriptors: tick, blood, round, slow


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.